Show ContentsAdrienne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Adrienne comes from when the family resided in the region of Adria. "This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Adrian.' The form Adrain is an old one." [1]

Early Origins of the Adrienne family

The surname Adrienne was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Pope Adrian IV (d. 1159), was "the only Englishman who ever sat in the chair of St. Peter. His early history is obscure. His name is said to have been Nicholas Breakspear." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list John Adrien as holding lands in Suffolk at that time and the Chronicles of the Mayors and Sheriffs of London list John Adrian as Sheriff of London in 1258. [1]

Early History of the Adrienne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adrienne research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1232, 1258, 1277, 1295, 1565, 1889, 1250 and 1775 are included under the topic Early Adrienne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Adrienne Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Adrienne has been recorded under many different variations, including Adrian, Adrien, Adrain, Awdryan, Adriance and others.

Early Notables of the Adrienne family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Adrienne family to Ireland

Some of the Adrienne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Adrienne family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Adrienne or a variant listed above: Christian Adrian, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1752; Sybriant Adrian to New York in 1759; P. Adrian to Baltimore in 1820; and L. Adriance to San Francisco in 1850..

Contemporary Notables of the name Adrienne (post 1700) +

  • Albertine Adrienne Necker (1766-1841), Swiss writer and educationalist
  • C. Adrienne Rhodes, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 2000 [3]
  • Adrienne Vaughan (1977-1978), American businesswoman and publishing house executive, President of Bloomsbury USA
  • Adrienne Lois Kaeppler (1935-2022), American anthropologist, curator of oceanic ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, President of the International Council on Traditional Music between 2005 and 2013
  • Adrienne Cahalan (b. 1964), Australian sailor, the only woman who competed in the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race
  • Mrs. Adrienne Howell B.E.M., British teacher of Brass, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to the community in Mere, Wiltshire [4]
  • Adrienne E. Hyle, American Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Adrienne Arsenault (b. 1967), Canadian two-time Gemini Award winning CBC News correspondent
  • Adrienne Krausz (b. 1967), Hungarian pianist, winner of the 1989 Cincinnati World Competition
  • Adrienne Clarkson PC CC CMM COM CD FRSC(hon) FRAIC(hon) FRCPSC(hon) (b. 1939), Hong-Kong-born, Canadian broadcaster for CBC, 26th Governor General of Canada (1999-2005)

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 1) . Retrieved from
  4. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook